UNLV Rebels vs Boise State Broncos
No. 20 Boise State received some much-needed help from UNLV last Saturday but the Broncos figure to have a short memory when they host the Rebels on Friday night (Enter Contest). UNLV posted a 69-66 triple-overtime victory over Wyoming and that outcome revitalized Boise State’s odds of reaching the Mountain West conference title game and landing a possible Cotton Bowl bid.
The Broncos lost to Wyoming earlier this season. They need to finish ahead of the Cowboys to win the Mountain Division. Both Boise State & Wyoming are currently tied thanks to UNLV’s victory over those Cowboys. The game featured the third-highest point total in FBS history. The Rebels suffered a blow during their impressive victory when standout junior receiver Devonte Boyd was lost for the season with a broken left arm.
ABOUT UNLV (4-6, 3-3 Mountain West)
The Rebels rolled up 401 rushing yards against Wyoming. Their 653 yards of total offense was the second most in school history. Junior quarterback Kurt Palandech was outstanding in his first start of the season. He accounted for four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) and set career highs with 252 passing yards and 157 on the ground. Expect sophomore running back Lexington Thomas (ankle) to be back after missing the Wyoming contest. The defense has been nicked for an average of 35.4 points per game. They do feature a couple good players in senior cornerback Torry McTyer (three interceptions) and senior weak-side linebacker Tau Lotulelei (96 tackles).
ABOUT BOISE STATE (9-1, 5-1 Mountain West)
UNLV intends to run the ball a lot and that could pose a problem for the Broncos, who allowed 217 rushing yards to San Jose State on November 4 and a whopping 382 to New Mexico earlier in the campaign. Boise State is pretty good at running the ball with junior Jeremy McNichols ranking fifth nationally with 1,369 rushing yards and first in the nation with 22 touchdowns (18 rushing, four receiving). Sophomore quarterback Brett Rypien has passed for 2,916 yards and 22 touchdowns. Wideouts Thomas Sperbeck (62 catches for 1,023 yards) and Cedrick Wilson (44 for 827) have both corralled nine touchdown receptions. Boise State holds a 6-3 series edge. They have won all three meetings since both teams have been in the Mountain West.